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Re: Recommend me a hike for Tomorrow in Boulder

Postby DaveLanders » Sun Apr 01, 2012 3:59 pm

I hiked up Bear Pk via Fern Canyon on Friday. Fern Canyon itself is dry up to the Nebel Horn saddle, but the north ridge
of Bear still has a lot of snow and ice. It wasn't continuous enough for me to put on my microspikes.

Also, there was a sign at the start of the Mallory Cave trail that stated that Mallory Cave is closed indefinitely due
to concerns about humans spreading some kind of fungus that kills the bats. This is apparently a problem in a lot
of caves in the eastern US.

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Re: Recommend me a hike for Tomorrow in Boulder

Postby KNottingham » Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:47 pm

Your subject wording caught my eye. Recommend me a hike?

Shadow Canyon is a good time if you're looking for something near the bubble. Just keep in mind that you're paying for parking if your vehicle is registered elsewhere.

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Re: Recommend me a hike for Tomorrow in Boulder

Postby SeracZack » Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:12 pm

DaveLanders wrote:Also, there was a sign at the start of the Mallory Cave trail that stated that Mallory Cave is closed indefinitely due
to concerns about humans spreading some kind of fungus that kills the bats. This is apparently a problem in a lot
of caves in the eastern US.


I decided to do Mallory Cave today and the cave is closed, but the trail is still open. You just cannot go within 100 ft of the cave entrance, which given the last 50 feet or so of that area, I don't think many people go all the way up anyway.

Thanks for the all the suggestions! I am probably going to do Bear Peak here very soon. If the views are anything like Mallory Cave, it should be a treat!
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Re: Recommend me a hike for Tomorrow in Boulder

Postby mountain_man » Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:04 pm

SeracZack wrote:I decided to do Mallory Cave today and the cave is closed, but the trail is still open. You just cannot go within 100 ft of the cave entrance, which given the last 50 feet or so of that area, I don't think many people go all the way up anyway.

Thanks for the all the suggestions! I am probably going to do Bear Peak here very soon. If the views are anything like Mallory Cave, it should be a treat!


The views ontop of Bear Peak are the most extraordinary views within Boulder, and possibly even Boulder County outside of anything in RMNP.

For an easier hike, I actually liked Walker Ranch. It's long, but easy.
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Re: Recommend me a hike for Tomorrow in Boulder

Postby PaliKona » Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:18 pm

Just to confirm..the Mesa TH near Eldo Cyn is a pay lot?

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Re: Recommend me a hike for Tomorrow in Boulder

Postby sunny1 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:35 pm

PaliKona wrote:Just to confirm..the Mesa TH near Eldo Cyn is a pay lot?


Yes, $5.00 for a day pass or $25.00 for an annual pass if your vehicle is not registered in Boulder county.
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Re: Recommend me a hike for Tomorrow in Boulder

Postby PaliKona » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:59 pm

Just did the loop from NCAR, up Bear Peak via Fern Canyon, over to South Boulder Peak, down Shadow Canyon (first time on that trail) and back to NCAR via Mesa Trail...wow, what a fun loop and I loved the Shadow Canyon trail, especially the middle section through all the boulders. Beautiful.

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Re: Recommend me a hike for Tomorrow in Boulder

Postby Elizabeth37 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:26 pm

How were the trail conditions up Bear and South Boulder? Mud, snow, ice? Are micrspikes needed on top?

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Re: Recommend me a hike for Tomorrow in Boulder

Postby PaliKona » Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:59 pm

Dry, no need for microspikes. There's one very small patch of snow near the top of Bear and a few small patches on South Boulder.

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Re: Recommend me a hike for Tomorrow in Boulder

Postby DoWork » Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:17 am

PaliKona wrote:Just did the loop from NCAR, up Bear Peak via Fern Canyon, over to South Boulder Peak, down Shadow Canyon (first time on that trail) and back to NCAR via Mesa Trail...wow, what a fun loop and I loved the Shadow Canyon trail, especially the middle section through all the boulders. Beautiful.


I was gonna hit S. Boulder and Bear Peaks from S Mesa the other day and found out that shadow canyon is closed Feb - July for raptor nesting/breeding. I just screwed around on Mesa Trail instead. Is this closure enforced?
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Re: Recommend me a hike for Tomorrow in Boulder

Postby JeffR » Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:40 am

DoWork wrote:
PaliKona wrote:Just did the loop from NCAR, up Bear Peak via Fern Canyon, over to South Boulder Peak, down Shadow Canyon (first time on that trail) and back to NCAR via Mesa Trail...wow, what a fun loop and I loved the Shadow Canyon trail, especially the middle section through all the boulders. Beautiful.


I was gonna hit S. Boulder and Bear Peaks from S Mesa the other day and found out that shadow canyon is closed Feb - July for raptor nesting/breeding. I just screwed around on Mesa Trail instead. Is this closure enforced?

The trail itself is open, but the rest of the canyon off the trail is closed.
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Re: Recommend me a hike for Tomorrow in Boulder

Postby PaliKona » Sat Apr 14, 2012 10:31 am

While hiking through you could hear a lot of breeding going on

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